Casuarina Point Lighthouse



The first Bunbury lighthouse, a 3 m wooden tower, was built on Marlston Hill about 365 m east northeast of the present lighthouse. It was replaced in 1901 by a temporary skeletal tower, and then in 1903 by a 9 m cast iron tower with the 1879 Chance Bros fixed 4th order lantern from the second built (1879) Arthur’s Head lighthouse at Fremantle. In 1959 the cast iron tower was raised in height by 6 m because of the building of bulk fuel tank installations, the largest being 22 m in diameter and 20 m high that obscured the visibility of the light. An extract from the South Western Times, January 21, 1960 describes the event. “To make it more visible, the cone containing the light mechanism was lifted by the largest crane in the state and three cylinders-each about 2 m high- were added to the tower before the cone was replaced. The work was completed in 10 days and cost 8000 pounds.”

The 1879 lantern and the added section were incorporated into the present light when it was built in 1970. Only the upper (glazing/dome) section of the lantern was reused and remains in use today. A key player in the decision to move the lighthouse was then Harbour Master/ Pilot, Captain Robert Allsop. Captain Allsop noticed that although the light was visible at night, during the day when approaching from a certain angle the lighthouse was obscured by a large tank. During these times there were no satellite navigation systems; all navigation was done using maps, sextons and line of sight. Allsop also suggested the black and white chequered pattern that is on the current lighthouse after checking lighthouse lists to confirm that the pattern was unique. When asked why black and white, Allsop responded, ‘They were his two favourite colours because he liked Black and White Whisky and black and white Scotch Terriers.

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Title Address Description
Cape Leeuwin
Leeuwin Rd, Augusta WA 6290, AustraliaGo to Cape Leeuwin
Breaksea Island
Unnamed Road, Nanarup WA 6330, AustraliaGo to Breaksea Island
Cave Point
Unnamed Road, Torndirrup WA 6330, AustraliaGo to Cave Point
Eclipse Island
The Gap Rd, Torndirrup WA 6330, AustraliaGo to Eclipse Island
Cape Naturaliste
Bunker Bay Walk Trail, Naturaliste WA 6281, AustraliaGo to Cape Naturaliste
Casuarina Point
1 Bennett Way, Bunbury WA 6230, AustraliaGo to Casuarina Point
Arthur Head
15 Captains Ln, Fremantle WA 6160, AustraliaGo to Arthur Head
South Mole
1 Fleet St, Fremantle WA 6160, AustraliaGo to South Mole
North Mole
N Mole Dr, North Fremantle WA 6159, AustraliaNorth Mole
Woodman Point
597 Cockburn Rd, Munster WA 6166, AustraliaGo to Woodman Point
Wadjemup (Rottnest)
Wadjemup Rd, Rottnest Island WA 6161, AustraliaGo to Wadjemup (Rottnest)
Bathurst Point
Lancier St, Rottnest Island WA 6161, AustraliaGo to Bathurst Point
5 Tank Road, Guilderton WA 6041, AustraliaGo to Guilderton
Escape Island
Escape Island, Western Australia, AustraliaGo to Escape Island
Pelsaert Island
Houtman Abrolhos WA 6530, AustraliaGo to Pelsaert Island
Point Moore
481-485 Marine Terrace, West End WA 6530, AustraliaGo to Point Moore
Bluff Point
118A Kempton St, Bluff Point WA 6530, AustraliaGo to Bluff Point
Cape Inscription
Unnamed Road, Dirk Hartog Island WA 6537, AustraliaGo to Cape Inscription
Babbage Island
13 Annear Pl, Babbage Island WA 6701, AustraliaGo to Babbage Island
Point Quobba
Unnamed Road, Macleod WA 6701, AustraliaGo to Point Quobba
Point Cloates
Cardabia-Ningaloo Rd, Ningaloo WA 6701, AustraliaGo to Point Cloates
Vlaming Head
Yardie Creek Rd, North West Cape WA 6707, AustraliaGot to Vlaming Head
Jarman Island
Reader Head Rd, Cossack WA 6720, AustraliaGo to Jarman Island
Gantheaume Point
Lurujarri Walk, Minyirr WA 6725, AustraliaGo to Gantheaume Point
Cape Bossut
Cape Bossut, Lagrange WA 6725, AustraliaGo to Cape Bossut
Cape Leveque
Broome-Cape Leveque Rd, Dampier Peninsula WA 6725, AustraliaGo to Cape Leveque
Caffarelli Island
Caffarelli Island, Western Australia, AustraliaGo to Caffarelli Island

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The rest of the 1903 lighthouse was demolished, and there is now a modern lookout tower on top of the hill. In 2004 a proposal to install mobile phone antennas on the lighthouse drew protests from residents and the city council and the proposal did not proceed.


The earliest known keeper was John Sinclair who arrived in Fremantle on the ‘Dolphin’, a Barque carrying 14 passengers, on the 18th of January 1860 and later came to Bunbury. In 1901 Captain John George Abrahamson is listed as the Harbour-master to the Port of Bunbury. Mr. Ramage was listed as the keeper in 1909. George Ramage was also a lighthouse keeper on Rottnest Island. Charles ‘Mac’ McCarthy served in Western Australia’s Harbour and Lights Department for 44 years. In 1934 McCarthy was transferred from Albany to Bunbury to act as the Coxswain on the pilot boat ‘The Petrel’. One of his main duties was to climb Lighthouse Hill each morning and evening to light and extinguish the light. In later years the light was connected to electricity and he had the comfort of doing the chore from his house. He was also responsible for signalling with the flagstaff that a vessel was in sight. McCarthy lived with his family in Brewery Lane.

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Technical Details

First Exhibited1870
Permanent Tower1880
Current Tower1971
Location33°19'08.8"S 115°37'58.8"E
Original OpticChance Bros 250mm fixed.
Current OpticTideland
ConstructionCurrent tower 1970
Height27.4 m
Elevation37 m
CharacterGrp. Fl. White (3) 15 secs.
Light Source
Power SourceMains power
OperatorSouthern Ports-Bunbury
CustodianSouthern Ports- Bunbury
  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The tower is not open to the public.

Site Access

The lighthouse can be accessed from Bennett Way.


No tours are available of the lighthouse but an excellent vantage point is afforded by the nearby Marlston Hill lookout tower.


No lighthouse accommodation is available but the Quality Lighthouse Hotel is located opposite the lighthouse. 


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Friends Group

There is no Friends Group

Associated Lighthouse

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